The Greater Westfield Community Band (GWCB) was founded in 1996 by Gene Bartley. Gene had three purposes in mind: to give adult amateur musicians a chance to play in a large ensemble, to promote music education in Westfield, and to continually keep the public aware of the importance of music in our schools.
After 20 years as director, Gene retired in 2016 and passed the baton to Jim O’Connor. Jim is a Westfield resident and the music director at Southbridge High School.
The GWCB is a concert band and is open to all adult musicians. The only requirement is that participants be able to read music. The GWCB performs a fall and a spring concert. There are six weeks of rehearsals prior to each concert. The rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 and at Westfield Intermediate School (formerly known as North Middle School) in Westfield, Massachusetts.